The funeral of Pierre Giroud was a great disappointment to me; it was a ceremony without real emotion. The whole affair lacked rhythm and conviction. Father Rouquet himself was not really on form. No, really, this funeral left me cold. It was a far cry from Antoine Mendez. Ah, the funeral of Antoine Mendez ! His wife tried to jump into the vault to join him in eternity, her hysterical cries, his three sons holding her back, their young faces marked by their father’s death, the admirably incisive speech of her best friend … Antoine Mendez was truly someone who knew how to make a success of his funeral.
By dint of attending funerals, the narrator has become an expert in the matter. But, looking closely at the mourners, it would seem that he is not the only one…
This in-depth and highly visual chronology charts the rise of one of the most formidable artists of our time, David Bowie, from his birth in London in 1947 to the height of his success in 1974 with the release of his album Diamond Dogs – and his departure from the UK.
Author Kevin Cann has worked on reissues of his back catalogue as well as anniversary releases. His role as Bowie’s archivist for nearly twenty years has allowed him unprecedented access to extremely rare photographs and memorabilia which are combined with interviews with a hundred of Bowie’s friends and associates. Cann unravels many of the myths that have surrounded David’s early career in this encyclopaedic tome that will fascinate any Bowie fan.
This text, by Chantal Vieuille, is the first ever biography of Nusch Eluard, whose life is recorded in the form of many photographs, paintings and drawings. It finally rescues from relative obscurity a major figure of the Surrealist movement.
Born at Mulhouse in 1906, she died alone from a stroke in Paris in 1946. Nicknamed Nusch by her father, she was the second wife of the surrealist poet Paul Eluard.
Lead by André Breton, along with Paul Eluard and their circle of friends, Surrealism was the meeting point of many poets, painters, sculptors, in France, Europe and United States. Among this intimate circle, however, only few women would achieve recognition as artists. The women celebrated by the Surrealists appeared as extraordinary figures: woman-child, fairy, Melusine, Muse, mind reader, prostitute, and liberated woman ready to invent new forms of love. Nusch Eluard embodied each of these aspects.